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Samsung fails to ban the iPhone and iPad in South Korea

Court rules that Apple's iDevices do not infringe Samsung patents
Thu Dec 12 2013, 12:45
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KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung has failed to ban Apple's iPhone and iPad in its home country.

On Wednesday a court in South Korea dismissed Samsung's claims that the iPhone and iPad infringe three of its patents relating to mobile messaging software, Reuters reported.

As well as rejecting Samsung's bid to ban Apple's iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad 2 devices, the court dismissed the firm's request for 100 million Won, or $95,100, in damages.

An Apple spokesperson said, "We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung's ridiculous claims."

A Samsung spokesperson said that the company was "disappointed by the court's decision" and added that it would thoroughly review the ruling before deciding to whether to appeal.

"As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights," the spokesperson added.

This isn't Apple's only recent court victory against archrival Samsung. In a retrial the end of November, a US jury decided that Samsung must hand over an additional $290m in damages to Apple for infringing patents on features of the iPhone and iPad.

Assuming the verdict is upheld on appeal, Samsung will have to pay nearly $930m in damages to Apple.

Apple is rather pleased about this, of course, saying in a statement, "For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money. It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love."

"While it's impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost." µ


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